Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for the City of Franklin

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $529,640 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Franklin.  Funding will be used for the city of Franklin Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Project.

            CDBG funding will be used to construct water and wastewater lines to serve Cumberland Molded Products, Inc. (CMP), a manufacturer of injected molded plastic products. 

            “Companies continue to choose Kentucky as a place to do business, and this funding will make it possible for CMP to do just that," said Governor Fletcher.  “My administration is committed to  continuing to provide amenities to make it feasible for more businesses to locate within the state.”           

            CMP provides products for companies such as Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Ortronics.  The project seeks to create 27 jobs within the first two years.

            Senator Richie Sanders said, “Job availability is an important component of a person’s quality of life.  I am pleased the administration awarded funding to assist in job creation for Franklin and the surrounding areas.”

            Representative Rob Wilkey said, “Proper infrastructure is important for citizens and industry alike.  This grant will create a great economic impact for this area.”

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.